How to make a non-traditional Christmas card

Hello and welcome to the November Stamptastic Friends Blog Hop! The theme this month is a non-traditional Christmas colour challenge! I can’t wait to see what my Stamptastic Friends come up with!

I got the inspiration for my card from the Stampin’ Up! Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper. The colour palette of this DSP definitely doesn’t scream Christmas! However, one of the sheets really reminded me of a snowy sky – albeit a Calypso Coral one! I hope you like it…

Non-traditional Christmas card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts using Stampin' Up! Peace & Joy bundle.

Let’s make it… Calypso Coral Christmas

Start with a (standard A6) card base created from Whisper White Thick cardstock. Follow this with a piece of the DSP measuring 10.2 x 14.5 cm.

Non-traditional Christmas card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts using Stampin' Up! Peace & Joy bundle.

Using the Joy Dies, cut out the three layers in Vellum, Whisper White and Calypso Coral cardstock. I used the Adhesive Sheets on the Calypso Coral layer to make life easier. If you haven’t tried these sheets, they are perfect for this type of die cut with very little surface area for wet adhesive. Once these pieces are layered together, adhere them to the card front.

Non-traditional Christmas card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts using Stampin' Up! Peace & Joy bundle.

Using the Peace & Joy Stamp Set, stamp ‘merry’ and ‘and’ in Calypso Coral ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Trim these pieces using Paper Snips and adhere to the card front using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Non-traditional Christmas card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts using Stampin' Up! Peace & Joy bundle.

For the final touch, add a few Pearl Basic Jewels over the ‘snowflakes’!

What do you think? Do you like non-traditional colours for Christmas cards or are you strictly red and green?!

What do you think to my non-traditional Christmas card?

I hope you enjoyed finding out how to make this MERRY AND BRIGHT non-traditional Christmas card. Which other non-traditional colours do you think would work for this card? I’d love to know. Why not send me a photo of your version?

If you have any questions or comments (or photos of your projects), please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this card? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. 

If you don’t have a copy of the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogues, you can request them here.

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How to make a watercolour Autumn leaves card

Hello and welcome to the latest Stamptastic Friends Blog Hop! The theme for September is Autumn so I knew straight away that I was going to use the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set. I really wanted to capture the contrasts of Autumn with a dark background and multicolour leaves. I hope you like my watercolour Autumn leaves card. Don’t forget to hop around for lots of ideas and inspiration! You’ll find the list of blogs towards the end of the post.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Autumn card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s Make It… Watercolour Autumn Leaves Card

Start with a (standard A6) card base created from Basic Black cardstock. Follow this with a layer of Basic Black cardstock measuring 10 x 14.4 cm and embossed using the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Autumn card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

To create the wreath of leaves, use the two largest circles from the Stitched Shapes Die Set to create a ‘ring’ of Basic Black cardstock. Next, watercolour onto a piece of Fluid 100 using Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Old Olive ink and Water Painters. Cut out the leaves using the Autumn Punch Pack. Adhere the leaves to the ring using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I aimed for a fairly random pattern, mixing between colours and the two different leaf shapes. Adhere the wreath to the card front.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Autumn card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Stamp the sentiment onto a scrap of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and trim to 1 x 10 cm. Use Paper Snips to trim the ends diagonally. Adhere the sentiment piece over the wreath using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. As a finishing touch, use the Take Your Pick Tool to apply a few Pearl Basic Jewels around the card.

What do you think to my watercolour Autumn leaves Card?

I hope you enjoyed finding out how to make this watercolour Autumn leaves card. I think watercolouring is a great way to get the variation in colour across the leaves and because you just need to create a basic wash, blending from one colour to the next, it is really simple to do!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this card? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. 

If you don’t have a copy of the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogues, you can request them here.

Don’t forget…

For all orders between £20 and £99, add the Host Code to receive a FREE gift from me next month. To find the current Host Code and how to use it, click here – simply copy this code and paste when prompted in my online shop

For orders of £99/129€ or more, why not purchase the fully customisable Starter Kit and get £130/175€ worth of supplies for just £99/129€? Find out more here. This offer is even better throughout September as you will receive two FREE Stamp Sets, a pack of Rhinestones and some pre-cut card kits!

Happy crafting, h x

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Rest & Relax, It’s Summer Time and You Deserve It!

Timeless Tropical Summer Card

Hello and welcome to the August edition of the Stamptastic Friends Blog Hop! This month our theme is ‘Summer’! It certainly feels like we’ve had a bit of summer over the past few days so this Blog Hop is perfectly timed! This theme immediately made me think of the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set, particularly the ‘Rest & Relax You Deserve It’ sentiment and the pineapple image. I decided to combine this stamp set with a few of the 2020-2022 In Colours because they are so bright, cheerful and ‘summery’. Let’s find out how I created this Timeless Tropical Summer Card…

Don’t forget to carry on hopping once you have read my blog post, the list of participants can be found below.

Stampin' Up! Timeless Tropical Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s Make It…

Start with a (standard A6) Whisper White Thick cardstock base. Next, adhere a 10 x 14.4 cm Magenta Madness cardstock layer to the card base to add a lovely hint of shocking pink! Create the main card front from a 9.5 x 13.9 cm piece of Whisper White.

Use a Magenta Madness Stampin’ Write Marker to create ‘splatters’ across the card front. You can do this using the brush nib end of the marker and flicking it just inside the cap onto the cardstock.

Stampin' Up! Timeless Tropical Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Carefully ink up the pineapple stamp using Bumblebee and Just Jade ink pads. Stamp onto Whisper White cardstock and fussy-cut.

Heat emboss the sentiment in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder onto Basic Black cardstock and trim to 3.5 x 10.5 cm. Cut a length of Magenta Madness Ribbon and double over. Then adhere this to the back of the sentiment piece using Tear & Tape.

Stampin' Up! Timeless Tropical Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Adhere the pineapples to the sentiment piece using Multipurpose Liquid Glue and adhere the whole piece to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

What do you think to my Timeless Tropical Summer Card?

I hope you like my card. This is a relatively quick card to create but I think the colour combination means that it really packs a punch! I love experimenting with different ways of attaching ribbon to my projects too and this is a lovely subtle way of adding a little extra interest and texture to your cards.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Would you like to create this card? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links below. 

If you don’t have a copy of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, you can request one here.

Don’t forget…

For all orders between £20 and £99, add the Host Code to receive a FREE gift from me next month. To find my latest Host Code and for more information on how to use it, click here.

For orders of £99/129€ or more, why not purchase the fully customisable Starter Kit and get £130/175€ worth of supplies for just £99/129€? Find out more here.

Happy hopping and happy crafting, h x

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Rooted In Nature Frame Card

Rooted In Nature Frame Card

Hello and welcome to this blog post featuring my Rooted In Nature Frame Card! Thank you for joining us for our Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Monthly Team Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us today and we hope you’ll find lots of ideas and inspiration. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world and are taking part in training to help us build successful Stampin’ Up! businesses and reach our goals. We really appreciate your support.

You may be starting here or you may have come from another blog – either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today.

Here is the project that I have made for our hop today, using the Stampin’ Up! Rooted In Nature Stamp Set…

Stampin' Up! Rooted In Nature Frame Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Let’s Make It…

The (standard A6) card base is created from Soft Suede cardstock. The next layer is a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 13.9 x 9.5 cm.

Stamp the large tree in Soft Suede ink into the centre of the Whisper White layer. Cut this out using the coordinating die from the Nature’s Roots Die Set.

Use the (approx.) 7.6 x 11 cm Stitched Rectangle Die to cut a frame from the remaining piece of Whisper White cardstock. You should now have three pieces – the tree, the stitched frame (with the tree cut out of it) and the outer frame (with the rectangle cut out of it).

Stampin' Up! Rooted In Nature Frame Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Emboss the outer frame using the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder. Adhere this to the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Adhere the stitched frame to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the back of the tree die cut and carefully place it into the aperture in the raised frame.

Stampin' Up! Rooted In Nature Frame Card by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

Stamp the sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock in Soft Suede ink and cut out using the (approx.) 2.2 x 7.3 cm Stitched Rectangle Die. Cut a small length of Copper Metallic Ribbon (from the Basket Weave & Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack) and adhere at the back of the sentiment piece using Tear & Tape. Cut another small length of the ribbon, thread it through one of the Acorn Trinkets and tie to the first piece of ribbon. Adhere the sentiment piece to the raised frame using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

What do you think to my Rooted In Nature Frame Card?

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my Rooted In Nature Frame Card. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

I think this card is a fabulous combination of clean and simple with a few great techniques thrown in. The Whisper White and Soft Suede colour scheme works so well with the copper embellishments.

Would you like to create this card yourself? You can purchase any of the supplies used (or any other current Stampin’ Up! products) by clicking here or on the individual product links at the end of this post.

Don’t forget…

For all orders between £20 and £99, add the Host Code to receive a FREE gift from me next month. To find out my current Host Code and how to use it, click here – simply copy this code and paste when prompted in my online shop.

For orders of £99/129€ or more, why not purchase the fully customisable Starter Kit and get £130/175€ worth of supplies for just £99/129€? Find out more here.

Happy crafting, h x

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Please click on the next person on the list (the one after me, Helen Chapman) to continue hopping! Enjoy!



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